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Old 09-06-2011, 08:57 AM   #71
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Wow! I sure wish I had been there to see that Classic 36!
The plaque by the door said is was a 1994. It looked like they just washed it. You can see the bugs on my windshield and I washed the windsield about 100 miles before the picture. For daytime driving I was amazed at all the bugs.

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Old 09-06-2011, 09:51 AM   #72
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I almost bought one of the "last of the breed" years ago, but passed when I realized our favorite little forest service campgrounds would be impossible to land at. I sure wanted one, though!
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Colorado Rockies about two weeks ago:



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Old 09-09-2011, 11:47 AM   #74
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Good job Octane!
I wanna know who's 345 that is... I wanna know more about the Solar panel Installation!
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:15 PM   #75
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Good job Octane!
I wanna know who's 345 that is... I wanna know more about the Solar panel Installation!
Why does nobody make curved solar panels?
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:37 AM   #76
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Here's Bess getting her tune-up at my mechanic's prior to us leaving next week. He only works on classic rigs, so Bess is at home. I decided to excercise the gen set and run the roof airs, here's the amount of moisture after a few minutes. I know my drains work!
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I saw one near Ventura (CA) this afternoon on the way home from looking at an Argosy.. It was parked across the street from the ocean on hwy 101.. Looked like it had been sitting there a while perhaps but was hard to tell since I was driving and only got a passing glance..
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:18 PM   #78
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Our 345, our home without wheels behind it...Octane, wish you had dropped on by...maybe next summer???...

Key, the panels are Kyocera 130's and can be angled(tho' I never have done so in the 4 years we have had them)...the controller is a Blue Sky Solar Boost 2000E...connected to 2(soon to be 4, we hope) 29 series AGMs...currently(), we can run anything but the micro/convection, the coffee maker, and the ac(personally, if I have to run the ac, I shouldn't be there)...

This part of the Rockies is known as the San Juan Mountains...mike
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:31 PM   #79
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Our 345, our home without wheels behind it...Octane, wish you had dropped on by...maybe next summer???...

Key, the panels are Kyocera 130's and can be angled(tho' I never have done so in the 4 years we have had them)...the controller is a Blue Sky Solar Boost 2000E...connected to 2(soon to be 4, we hope) 29 series AGMs...currently(), we can run anything but the micro/convection, the coffee maker, and the ac(personally, if I have to run the ac, I shouldn't be there)...

This part of the Rockies is known as the San Juan Mountains...mike
Awesome!
Ya know Mike, I thought it was yours as I remember seeing you had panels!
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Hi Mike,

If you google "thin film solar panels" you will find that such things do exist, and I've been thinking about covering the entire roof of my 325 with them.

I've lived "off grid" in a solar/wind powered home for the past 27 years, so I think about trying to set up my moho in a similar way. Since my rig came to me without a generator, I wonder about filling that hole with batteries rather than another mechanical headache. While the practical aspects of mounting a wind turbine on the moho are amusing to say the least, the trick with flexible PV mats is to get them attached in such a way that they won't peel off at highway speeds. I'm not sure about achieving great adhesion with all of the raised rivet heads that we have when it comes to glueing something down.

Old Land Rovers featured what was called a "tropical top". This was basically a shield that was attached to the main roof on standoffs that left an inch or so in between. Cooling air could flow between them, and the lower roof would always be basically in the shade. We all know how hot our metal roofs can get, so adapting this concept might be an interesting way to solve two problems at once.
Thin film mats are also delicate in comparison to rigid panels, and are only about half as efficient.

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I know that one of the R&Ds(don't know which company) is working on a spray-on solar...when that happens to become efficient, I can tell you what MY rig will look like...m
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I'm spending the whole summer polishing my rig. That stuff had better come in ultra high gloss, crystal clear before I'll be using it.
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I'm spending the whole summer polishing my rig. That stuff had better come in ultra high gloss, crystal clear before I'll be using it.
Hey, its about time you posted an update on your stunning project!
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Hi Key,

I'm not sure that I've reached the status of "stunning" just yet, but thanks for the compliment in advance.

I have a small section of roof to wrap up tomorrow that will pretty much complete the "first cut" which I've done with Nuvite F-10. The next pass will be either F-7 or C, then on to the finish. Unlike prepping for paint, one thing that is unique about the polishing process is that you never really have to stop working the finished product, it just keeps getting better. I'm not sure its a good thing, but this can go on forever!

I still have the window frames to do, and a dozen other things. You know how it goes. I'll try to get a couple of pics posted soon. I'm definitely not in your league when it comes to photo documentation.

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